Abdullah M.I. Syed

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Abdullah M.I. Syed

Abdullah M.I. Syed

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Abdullah M.I. Syed is a Pakistani-born contemporary artist, designer and curator working between Karachi, Sydney, and New York. His art practice weaves between the narratives of east and west, bringing together art historical references and concerns from each. Syed has a PhD in Fine Arts practice (2015) and MFA (2009) from the University of New South Wales, Art & Design, Australia. He also holds a BA in Design (1999) and M.Ed. (2001) from the University of Central Oklahoma, USA. Syed has been featured in seven solo exhibitions and has exhibited in several international group exhibitions and art fairs, most notably at the Hawkesbury Art Gallery and Cross Art Project in Sydney, Yifu Gallery in Shanghai and Canvas Gallery in Karachi. His awards include the Blacktown Art Prize (2010), the UNSW Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2009), and the Individual Artist of Oklahoma Award for Installation (2003). Syed’s work for this exhibition has been supported by his residency at the Parramatta Artists Studios in Sydney, and he is represented by Aicon Gallery in New York.

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Alvin Luong

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Alvin Luong

Alvin Luong

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Alvin Luong is an emerging artist from Toronto. Luong works with lens-based media and performance to consider how documentations and instructions are created and how they can be interpreted. Luong has exhibited in group exhibitions at Gallery 44 and Trinity Square Video, and exhibited commissioned works at Trinity Square Video. He has performed and lectured at Blackwood Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include a collaborative film project at Y+ Contemporary in April 2017, and a solo project at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts in June 2017. He holds honours BA from the University of Toronto in Visual Studies.

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Ambereen Siddiqui

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Ambereen Siddiqui

Ambereen Siddiqui

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Ambereen Siddiqui is a curator and artist with an interest in contemporary South Asian art. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, her B.Ed from York University and her BA from the joint Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She has a long-standing relationship with SAVAC, having served as Education and Outreach Officer as well as Interim Executive Director. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council through grants including the Media Arts Grant, the Chalmer’s Arts Fellowship and the grant for Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects, making this particular project with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and SAVAC possible.

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Anjana Kothamachu

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Anjana Kothamachu

Anjana Kothamachu

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Anjana Kothamachu is a visual artist based in Bangalore and Mumbai. Her work manifests itself as objects, audio, moving image and drawing. She is a recipient of Inlaks Fine Art Award 2013 and has been a resident at several residencies; Stiftung Futur Foundation (Switzerland), Sandarbh International Artists Association (India), Khoj International Artists Association (India), and The Changwon Sculpture Biennale (South Korea). She is the ISCP Inlaks artist in residence in New York in 2015.

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Anna Eyler

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Anna Eyler

Anna Eyler

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Anna Eyler is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montréal. In her work, Eyler reflects on contemporary ideas of the sacred. Her media-based installations question strict distinctions between interior/exterior, nature/technology, absence/presence, and cyclicality/linearity. According to theorist Jane Bennett, contemporary culture is widely understood to be devoid of a sense of “enchantment,” which is an experience of being “struck and shaken by the extraordinary that lives amid the familiar and the everyday.” Through the subversion of familiar forms and objects, Eyler aim to reinvigorate these sites of wonder within daily life. Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Recent awards include the Governor General’s Academic Medal (2010), the Jacqueline Fry Scholarship (2014), and the Artengine New Media Award for her graduate exhibition (2015). Her work will be shown in the upcoming two-person exhibition beyond différance, and now at Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Asma Sultana

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Asma Sultana

Asma Sultana

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Asma Sultana is a Bangladeshi born British visual Artist, currently living and working in Scarborough. She completed her undergraduate work in Drawing and Painting from Bangladesh, and has since trained in London and Toronto in Fine Art and Art History. Sultana has been invited to create solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Canada, England, India and Bangladesh, including ‘Dance with Me to the End of Love’ at the Forest Brook Gallery in Ajax, and ‘Methodical Mergers’ a SAVAC member show at Gallery 1313 in Toronto and group shows at Zainul Gallery and the National Museum in Dhaka;. Sultana’s works are autobiographical in nature, exploring the narrative of her identity through materials unique to her, including her hair to sew and her fingertips as print impressions.

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Azar Mahmoudian

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Azar Mahmoudian

Azar Mahmoudian

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Azar Mahmoudian is an independent curator and researcher based in Tehran. She has curated exhibitions and screenings for Cultuurcentrum Bruges, Belgium; Contemporary Art Brussels; SOAS, University of London; Blackwood Gallery, Toronto; and was a 2014 Fellow of Global Art Forum 8, Dubai. She currently works as a lecturer in Tehran universities and collaborates with a project-space in Tehran.

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Basil AlZeri

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Basil AlZeri

Basil AlZeri

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Basil AlZeri is a visual artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. AlZeri’s practice involves the intersection of art, education, and community engagement, taking multiple forms, such as performance, interventions, gallery and public installation. AlZeri’s work examines the socio-political dynamics of the family and its intersection with cultural practices, drawing on the necessities of everyday life and the visibility of labour as sites of exploration. His work aims to facilitate a space for empathy through gestures of inclusivity and generosity. AlZeri’s work has been shown in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Sackville, Regina, Vancouver, Mexico City, Santiago, and Tartu/Estonia, and he will be one of the artists in residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016.

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Chulayarnnon Siriphol

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Chulayarnnon      Siriphol

Chulayarnnon Siriphol

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Chulayarnnon Siriphol works in short film, documentary and video art. Most of his works are inspired by personal memory and Thai political crises. His works have been screened in many film festivals and exhibitions in Asia and Europe, including in The 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2005), Sharjah Biennial 11, United Arab Emirates (2013) and The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (2014).

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Deepali Dewan

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Deepali Dewan

Deepali Dewan

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Deepali Dewan is an art historian with a special interest in the visual cultures of South Asia. Her research, curatorial and teaching interests encompass nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual culture of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Most recently, her research focuses on aspects of the history and theory of photography in India that explore how the photographic image played a productive role in the trajectories of colonialism, nationalism, and modernity, with a view toward understanding how photography has shaped contemporary ways of viewing and being in the world. Her work has been supported by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the College Art Association, the MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

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Golboo Amani

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Golboo Amani

Golboo Amani

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Golboo Amani works in photography to performance, space intervention, digital media, and social practice. Her work considers pedagogical tools and methodologies as ready-made sites of social engagement. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including the Rats9 Gallery, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (Montreal), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga) Union Gallery (Kingston), XPACE Artist-Run Centre, FADO Emerging Artist Series, Rhubarb Festival (Toronto), TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), 221A Artist-Run Centre, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver). Recent works include a Public Reading a participatory performance on public transit for the Artist-Run Newsstand and the School of Bartered Knowledge an ongoing social practice work that holds space for dialog and negotiations around knowledge production.

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The Lie of the Land

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Harkeerat Mangat

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Harkeerat Mangat

Harkeerat Mangat

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Harkeerat Mangat is an artist and musician from Vancouver, Canada. His work engages with a dichotomy between improvisational structures in music and the technical apparatus of recording and reproduction in film production. He is currently based in Düsseldorf, Germany where he studies with Christopher Williams at the Kunstakademie.

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Hiba Ali

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Hiba Ali

Hiba Ali

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Hiba Ali is a new media artist and writer based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She holds two undergraduate degrees from the School of the Art Institute Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media and Animation and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Critical Studies. Her research focuses on how diverse populations utilize digital technology in ways that empower the community.  She joined Project Prospera as the Digital Storytelling, Research, and Film Coordinator in December 2015 and is involved with civic engagement and immigrant outreach projects. She is also a volunteer with the South Asian American Policy Research Institute.

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Digital Mapping and the Politics of Place

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Kohila Kurunathan

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Kohila Kurunathan

Kohila Kurunathan

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Kohila Kurunathan studied Art and Art History at Sheridan and U of T. She currently works as a graphic/web designer at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, and in the past has worked with Canadian Art magazine, SAVAC, Blackwood Gallery, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Kohila sits on the CARFAC Ontario Board of Directors as Vice President.

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Kristina Guison

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Kristina Guison

Kristina Guison

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Kristina Guison is a Manila-born, Filipino-Canadian artist based in Toronto, a graduate of OCAD U for BFA major in Sculpture/Installation and a minor in Integrated Media from OCAD U in 2016. Her practice derives from pathways of socio-political interactions and intersections between pre-colonial and contemporary cultural identities in the heavily globalized 21st century. She combines social practice with fabrication-based process that are research-based, performative, culturally immersive, collaborative and generative. Her body of work for the past recent years has existed in different forms ranging from experimental research projects, gallery shows and artist residencies across Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Andalucía, Cleveland, Toronto and The Philippines.

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Kush Badhwar

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Kush Badhwar

Kush Badhwar

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Kush Badhwar is a filmmaker interested in shifting definitions of traditional mass-media, collaborating with unorthodox actors and using artistic intervention for improvised and informal political engagement. He is currently undertaking the India Foundation of the Arts Archival Fellowship in India’s newest state, Telangana.

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Laleh Khorramian

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Laleh Khorramian

Laleh Khorramian

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Laleh Khorramian’s work takes theatre and the spectacle as its point of departure, to explore aspects of human nature and emotional states of consciousness. Her experimental animations are subjective accounts of historic events, ancient myths, and biblical themes. By removing cultural and historic specificity from these narratives, she examines the essence of their visual forms and emotional content. Khorramian’s work has exhibited internationally, and she currently lives and works in New York.

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Leila Pourtavaf

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Leila Pourtavaf

Leila Pourtavaf

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Leila Pourtavaf is a Toronto-based writer, independent curator and doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. She was a founding member and coordinator of the projet Mobilivre– Bookmobile project, and editor of The Bookmobile Book (2015) which chronicles the project’s history. She is also the editor of Féminismes Électriques (2012), a bilingual collection of essays which reflect on the last decade of feminist art production.

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Mahardika Yudha

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Mahardika Yudha

Mahardika Yudha

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Mahardika Yudha works as coordinator in Research and Development Division at Forum Lenteng and Media Art Division at ruangrupa. His works have been exhibited extensively, including in the Singapore Biennale (2013) Videobrasil (2013) and SeMA Mediacity Biennale Seoul (2014).

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Manar Moursi

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Manar Moursi

Manar Moursi

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Manar Moursi is an architect and artist. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Manar also holds a dual Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Policy from Princeton University. In 2011 she founded Studio Meem, an interdisciplinary research studio. Her design work has been widely published and received multiple awards. In addition to her practice with Studio Meem, Manar writes regularly, participates in art exhibitions and teaches. Her writings on urban issues have appeared in Domus, Thresholds, Lunch, Mada, Cairobserver, the Funambulist and Egypt Independent. Her book Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo co-authored with David Puig was published by Onomatopee in 2015. She has taught at several institutions in Cairo and is currently teaching at the University of Waterloo.
In addition to my design practice, I write and publish regularly, as well as maintain an art practice and teach. My writings on urban issues have appeared in Domus, Thresholds, Lunch, Mada, Cairobserver, the Funambulist and Egypt Independent. My book Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo co-authored with David Puig was published by Onomatopee in 2015. I’ve exhibited my photography work at the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo, Onomatopee Eindhoven, and the Goethe-Institut (Algiers, Rabat, Amman). In 2014 I collaborated with Mahatat for Contemporary Art on the design and construction of the Wonder Box – a contemporary revival of traditional peep show boxes with live performances. The project traveled in the streets of Cairo for the duration of a month.
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Maria Alejandrina Coates

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Maria Alejandrina Coates

Maria Alejandrina Coates

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Maria Alejandrina Coates is a Uruguayan born, Toronto-based curator whose practice is focused on creating environments that can challenge, disrupt, and re-organize normative perceptions of reality and cultural identities. She recently served as Curator for e-fagia visual and media arts organization, as well as a Board Member for Gendai Gallery. She co-founded and currently contributes to the community based sos curatorial collective. Maria received a bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia; and a Masters degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University. She is a mother of two and maintains an active curatorial practice in Toronto, ON.

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Marina Fathalla

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Marina Fathalla

Marina Fathalla

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Marina Fathalla is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer currently based in Toronto. Her projects are fueled by a particular sensitivity to site, at the intersection of its poetics and its politics. She explores modes of preserving land history, and strategies for preservation in museum contexts. Her upcoming project titled Land Reform is a publication examining the history of agrarian land reform in Egypt, and explores the nuances around the value of land through the lens of  tourism and thedesert as a spiritual landscape.

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Meera Margaret Singh

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Meera                   Margaret Singh

Meera Margaret Singh

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Meera Margaret Singh is a visual artist based in Toronto. She holds a BA in Anthropology and a BFA in Photography from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg as well as an MFA from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec. Singh has been the recipient of several residencies and awards, including Canada Council for the Arts production/creation grants (2013, 2011,2009), Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant (2010), Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Grants (2011, 2013). She has been selected as participant in an artist residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2015); JACA in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Banff Centre, Alberta; as the McCain Artist-in-Residence at OCAD University, Toronto and as the summer resident at the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada in Kamloops, British Columbia. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and festivals throughout Canada and internationally. She is currently an instructor in the Photography department at OCAD University in Toronto.

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Melissa General

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Melissa General

Melissa General

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Melissa General is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at York University. Working in photography, installation and video, concepts involving memory, history, land and her Indigenous identity have been a focus in her practice. Her work has been exhibited at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Gallery 101, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and has been included in the 2016 Contemporary Native Art Biennial in Montreal.

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Mohammad Fauzi

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Mohammad Fauzi

Mohammad Fauzi

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Mohammad Fauzi is a researcher and filmmaker. His work has been shown in OK. Video “FLESH” 5th Jakarta International Video Festival, Indonesia Art Festival (ARTE), Hamburg International Short Film Festival, ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival (Experimenta).

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Nadia Kurd

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Nadia Kurd

Nadia Kurd

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Nadia Kurd is a curator and art historian with a PhD in art history from McGill University (2014). Her dissertation examined the making and meaning of mosque architecture in North America. She has written for a number of artist catalogs and publications such as FUSE Magazine, the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Journal of Canadian Art History and Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. In addition to working at arts organizations such as the South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Prison Arts Foundation, Nadia is currently the Curator of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, where her focus is on community engagement and emerging artists in Northwestern Ontario. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Northwestern Ontario Visionary Award in 2014.

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Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

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Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

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Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit is a new generation film director in Thailand. His first feature film ‘36’ (2012) won New Currents Award at Busan International Film Festival. His second feature ‘Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy’ (2013) screened at Venice Film Festival. Working with the film studio GTH, his film ‘Heart Attack’ (2015) won 8 awards including Best Picture from Thailand National Film Association Awards.

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NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati

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NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati

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NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati is a Nepal-based photographer and curator. She attended Mt Holyoke College, Massachusetts and the SALT Institute of Documentary Studies, Portland, Maine to study documentary photography. Her work seeks to embrace themes such as change, identity, gender, and history within the context of ‘the New Nepal’. She enjoys working across platforms to connect visuals, sound, research, education, activism; using storytelling as an underlying approach. In 2007 NayanTara co-founded photo.circle, a photography collective that has created a vibrant platform for emerging and professional photographers in Nepal. In 2010 photo.circle established the Nepal Picture Library, a digital photo archive containing over 55,000 images that contributes to the study of Nepali photography, and raises questions about memory, identity, and the history of the region through images. NayanTara’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2015), OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Malaysia (2013), Delhi Photo Festival, India (2013), International Human Rights Film Festival, Switzerland (2013), and Kirkkopuisto Photo Annual, Finland (2013). The residency and exhibition presented by Gallery 44 and SAVAC will be her first in Canada.

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Being Nepali

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Nguyen Trinh-Thi

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Nguyen Trinh-Thi

Nguyen Trinh-Thi

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Nguyen Trinh-Thi is a Hanoi-based moving image artist whose work engages with memory and history. Her works transcend the boundaries between cinema, documentary and performance. She has exhibited her work internationally. including Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Lyon Biennale; Asian Art Biennial Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial; and Singapore Biennale.

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Oliver Husain

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Oliver Husain

Oliver Husain

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Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. Husain often starts with a fragment of a story that he encountered randomly, a rumor, maybe gossip. The outcome is a video or film, a text or a textile; something foldable that can be stored away easily, or something standing on thin chopstick legs. 

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Otty Widasari

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Otty Widasari

Otty Widasari

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Otty Widasari lives and works in Jakarta and has been a documentary filmmaker since 2001. She majored in journalism and visual arts. Besides documentary filmmaking, she produces video arts, painting, writing and media research. She published a book AKUMASSA: Community-Based Mass-Media Watching (2013). Her feature documentary The Dragon Who Walks on the Water (2012) was screened at DMZ Docs in Paju, South Korea.

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Patrick Cruz

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Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz

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Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Cruz’s experience migrating from the Philippines to Canada informs his studio practice, prompting him to question notions of displacement, diaspora and the adoption of a new cultural identity. In 2015, Cruz was awarded the first prize at the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz has presented his work across North America, Europe and Asia.

Solo exhibitions include Low class minimalism and the gentrified amateur (2016), Projet Pangeé, Montreal, Canada; Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of paradise) (2016), Centre A, Vancouver, Canada; Goose Egg Sanctuary (2015), Pablo, Taguig, Philippines; Electronic Birthstone (2014), Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada; Fresh off the boat (2014), Mulitplex, Portland, USA; West coast Maximalist (2013), Sunset Terrace, Vancouver, Canada; Yin Yang Temple (2011), Unit/Pitt, Vancouver, Canada. Group exhibitions include Survival Guide (upcoming, 2017), Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; and something like fire dancing (2016), Susan Hobbs, Toronto, Canada; Auto Feeling (2015), Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Material Art Fair (2016), Mexico City, Mexico; Dark Side of the Sun (2013), Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines; Radiation (2014), The Art Center of Chulangkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Welcome to Sax Island (2012), Or Gallery Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Collage Drop Outs (2011), Finale Art File, Makati, Philippines.

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Archeological Apathy

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Pallavi Agarwala

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Pallavi Agarwala

Pallavi Agarwala

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Pallavi Agarwala is an illustrator and animator from New Delhi, India. After working as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator in India, she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2016. Agarwala’s work draws upon the poetic language of animated documentaries as means to reconstruct narratives. With a focus on the lives of people in modern cities, she is interested in addressing and representing the underrepresented in her work. Using experimental techniques in drawing, film, and collage ‘cut-ups’ to visually construct metaphors regarding disruption and change, Agarwala believes in approaching subjects with humour and plurality. Considering this as vital to her process and to her efforts to represent the notion of the ‘other’ she is also interested in thinking about the future of cites and how this theme of difference is experienced within urban environments.

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Home Sweet Home

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Pavitra Wickramasinghe

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Pavitra Wickramasinghe

Pavitra Wickramasinghe

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Pavitra Wickramasinghe is a multidisciplinary artist mainly concerned with new ways of conceptualizing the moving image. Her current work is an exploration of notions of traveling, fluidity of place and memory. Selected exhibitions include: SIGHTINGS, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Montréal), Yeosu International Art Festival (South Korea), Cable Factory (Finland), Stuttgart Filmwinter (Germany) and Centro Cultural del Matadero (Spain) among others. She is a recipient of numerous residencies, awards and grants including, Art Omi (NY), La Chambre Blanche (Québec), Pépinières Européennes pour jeunes artistes, (Spain), National Museum of Contemporary Art (South Korea), and The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art.

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Payal Kapadia

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Payal Kapadia

Payal Kapadia

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Payal Kapadia is a filmmaker and artist based in Mumbai. Her work includes documentary, experimental film, and animation. Her films have shown in various international festivals including the Zurich Film Festival (2014), Experimenta, India (2013), and The Cairo Video Festival (2011, 2013). Her work ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ was selected for the prestigious Artport, Forth Biennale competition in 2014.

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Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill

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Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill

Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill

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Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill is an interdisciplinary artist born in Winnipeg who currently lives in Cherry Hill, Nova Scotia. Through textiles, sound and video, Rajee explores memory, familial inheritance and diaspora.

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Safiya Randera

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Safiya Randera

Safiya Randera

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Safiya Randera is a multi-disciplinary artist primarily working within the fields of painting, experimental video and creative documentary. Randera has received international acclaim for her films My Father, the Terrorist? (2010), My Girl 2012 (2011), Health Status Survey (2000), and Jangri (1998). She has over a decade of experience as an independent director, producer and editor, addressing diverse topics such as disability, feminism and multiculturalism. In 2012 Randera broadened the scope of her visual art practice by incorporating the spiritual practices of her ancestors as well as learning from the Shipbo. Establishing a commitment to these traditions has lead to an indelible relationship with plant medicine. Randera has since been initiated into the medicine way and works as a channeller and energy healer. Her current thematic focus in the visual arts is an exploration of how we materialize the unseen through a connection to the plants and other spirits. Ongoing attempts to harness the mysteries of natures and inviting a public into an unseen, immersive and luminous world are key interests in her work.

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Sahej Rahal

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Sahej Rahal

Sahej Rahal

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Sahej Rahal is a Mumbai-based artist whose installations, films and performances are part of an elaborate personal mythology created by drawing characters from local legends to science fiction. By bringing these into dialogue with each other, Rahal creates scenarios where strange and indeterminate beings emerge into the everyday. Rahal has exhibited internationally and most recently exhibited at the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2014).

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Sandy Saad

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Sandy Saad

Sandy Saad

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Sandy Saad currently works as the Public Engagement Coordinator at Koffler Gallery.

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Sameer Farooq

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Sameer Farooq

Sameer Farooq

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Sameer Farooq completed an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2014) and a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2005). His interdisciplinary practice investigates tactics of representation and enlists the tools of installation, photography, documentary filmmaking, writing and the methods of anthropology to explore various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. Upcoming projects include an ambitious public installation at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, a residency with Open Studio, Toronto, and an exhibition inaugurating the University of Reno’s new arts centre. He has exhibited internationally and nationally at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Art Gallery of York University, Maquis Projects (Izmir), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), Trankat (Tétouan, Morocco), Sol Koffler Gallery (Providence), Artellewa (Cairo), and Sanat Limani (Istanbul). Reviews and essays dedicated to his work have been included in C Magazine, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, Hyperallergic, Artnet, The Huffington Post, Canadian Art, and others. Farooq has been awarded several grants from the Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Europe Media Fund, as well the President’s Scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Sanaz Sohrabi

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Sanaz Sohrabi

Sanaz Sohrabi

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Sanaz Sohrabi uses image making practices, moving image and video, in order to analyze the status of the image as a gateway into a larger study of the photographic archives and their capacity to engender different temporal-spatial modes of spectatorship.

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Sashikant Thavudoz

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Sashikant Thavudoz

Sashikant Thavudoz

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Sashikant Thavudoz is from Hyderabad and is currently living and working in Vadodara, India. He is the proud recipient of the Nasreen Mohammadie Scholarship in 2008, the Jeram Patel Best Display Award in 2009, and the Inlaks Fine Art Award in 2013. He has also participated in several residencies like the Last Ship Monsoon residency in 2011 in Mumbai, the Art-City residency in 2012 at Studio X Mumbai, the Sandarbh Site-Specific art residency in 2012 in Partapur, Rajasthan and Khoj Peers residency in 2012 in Khoj, New Delhi.

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Shahir Krishna

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Shahir Krishna

Shahir Krishna

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Shahir Krishna is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in textile and costume design. Their/Her art explores the schism that is created when existing within a diaspora, weaving together moments of historical psychosis with delicately textured ephemera to create new realms of spiritual possibility for the queer soul. Their/Her inspiration wades in opalescent silver swamps, perfumed by gender torment, romantic hallucination, karmic law and the mythical creatures lounging beneath the ruins of utopia. In this life, Shahir is a diasporic/queer/transgender/indian/malawian/canadian entity.

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Sumugan Sivanesan

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Sumugan Sivanesan

Sumugan Sivanesan

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Sumugan Sivanesan is an independent researcher, writer and artist working across art, activism and academia. Often working collaboratively, he has produced videos, performances and installations for art spaces and festivals internationally. In Australia, Sumugan regularly contributes to the arts and cultural press. He also prints zines.

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Surendra Lawoti

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Surendra Lawoti

Surendra Lawoti

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Surendra Lawoti moved to the US after completing high school in Kathmandu. He received his BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (1999) and his MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2005) in Boston. Surendra’s work stems from his interest in social issues, politics, image-making and activism. His work has been exhibited internationally including at Gallery 44 and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Les Territoires in Montreal; O’Hare International Airport and Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago; Gallery Kayafas, Photographic Resource Center and Tufts University Gallery in Boston; Nepal Association of Fine Arts in Kathmandu; the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi; ArtScience Museum in Singapore and Galeria Ateneo Porfirio Barba Jacob in Medellín, Colombia. He has received awards from Artadia (Chicago), Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago and Somerville Arts Council. He now lives in Toronto, where he teaches Photography as a Sessional Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

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Beyond Measure

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Being Nepali

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Swapnaa Tamhane

Curator
Swapnaa Tamhane

Swapnaa Tamhane

Curator

Swapnaa Tamhane has been working across several platforms as an artist, curator, and writer. She has exhibited at FOCUS Photography Festival, Mumbai; Art Gallery of Mississauga; and A Space Gallery, Toronto. Her book, Sar: The Essence of Indian Design, was recently published with Phaidon Press. She is curating an exhibition of contemporary Canadian art for the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, opening in July 2017.

Artist Talk

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Tala Madani

Artist
Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Artist

Tala Madani is an Iranian-American artist, whose work is rich in narrative and heavy in irony. Her paintings depict darkly comic mise-en-scénes, whilst her descriptive and intimately scaled paintings, and painterly video animations, depict uncomfortable scenes in which bald, middle-aged men engage in absurd scenarios that fuse playfulness with violence and perversity. Madani’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the New Museum, New York (2009), Venice Biennale (2011), Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2014).

Monitor 11

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Tazeen Qayyum

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Tazeen Qayyum

Tazeen Qayyum

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Tazeen Qayyum is a contemporary miniature painter who received her BFA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. Her work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, some of which include ‘Holding Pattern’ at the Toronto Pearson Airport, ‘ The Veiled’ at the Textile Museum of Canada, ‘The Rising Tide’ at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Pakistan, and ‘Urban Myths & Modern Fables’ at both the University of Sydney, Australia and at the Dorris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Qayyum’s work was included in the 10th Asian Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2002), the 2nd Painting Biennale in Tehran, Iran (2002) and has been featured at the Sotheby’s and the Christie’s South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art auction in New York (2008-12). Qayyum was awarded a UNESCO bursary (2000) to work and exhibit in Vienna. Qayyum lives and works in Toronto, and in addition to her practice, conducts workshops to introduce miniature painting to artists and students.

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Beyond Measure

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Tharmila Rajasingam

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Tharmila Rajasingam

Tharmila Rajasingam

Artist

Tharmila Rajasingam is a Tamil-Sri Lankan-Canadian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. Her practice includes installation, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting and print-making. Her work takes up the concept of identity through cultural practices, rituals, time, memory and repetition. Her new works have typically involved audience interaction and engagement. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto, and has participated in projects and exhibitions at Gallery 1313, VMAC Gallery, Labspace Studio, AWOL Gallery, and Gladstone Hotel.

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Reimaging & Remembering

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Trudy Erin Elmore

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Trudy Erin Elmore

Trudy Erin Elmore

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Trudy Erin Elmore is an emerging, new media artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her work deals with issues of mortality, technological evolution and the paradoxical human condition relating to and existing in a hyper consumer culture. Although her practice is largely digital, she remains weary of the ‘new way of seeing’ —mediated almost entirely by electronic screens— and of technological evolutions’ contingency upon systems of wealth and resource extraction. Hailing from a rural life in the Kootenay Mountain Range in BC, she spent her formative years hiking in the back country and tending a hobby farm. Upon her arrival at OCAD University she was exposed to new medias and the digital method of creation. Elmore became enamored with the limitless and serial nature of digital realm, where the complexities of the mind can be represented. Her art practice is based in digital medias, print, and video and sound installation. Elmore participated in OCAD Universities’ Nomadic Residency Program with Ryan Gander (2016) and Pedro Reyes (2015). She was awarded the Summer Student Artists in Residency at Trinity Square Video for her selected screening at Video Fever (2016). Elmore has recently showed work in the 2016 Toronto Images Festival and in the 2016 Luminato Festival.

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Terraforming

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Yuki Aditya

Curator
Yuki Aditya

Yuki Aditya

Curator

Yuki Aditya lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia. Yuki Aditya has been the festival director of ARKIPEL International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival since the first time in 2013, held by Forum Lenteng. He graduated from Fiscal Administration from University of Indonesia and managing several programs and one of the initiators of a platform together with audio visual collectives around Asia and Latin America.

Monitor 12

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Zinnia Naqvi

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Zinnia Naqvi

Zinnia Naqvi

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Zinnia Naqvi is an image based artist working out of Toronto. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from Ryerson University’s, Image Arts: Photography Studies program. Zinnia is rooted in documentary practice and continues to seek inspiration through cultural observation. Her work addresses issues of globalism, trans-nationalism and identity. She is avidly working in the Toronto arts scene and has assisted with the production of various exhibitions over the past year.

zinnianaqvi.com

Seaview

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Past

A complete list of artists and curators who have worked with SAVAC in the past will be released in Summer 2017.

 

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